Queen Mary University of London Medicine Requirements
Queen Mary University of London Medicine Requirements
UKCAT – third decile or above
All candidates for medicine must undertake the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Your overall UKCAT score will be used in our selection for interview in conjunction with your academic performance to date. To register, and for further information please see: www.ukcat.ac.uk
For school-leavers/gap-year students and graduates, applicants will be ranked according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff or academic ability for graduates based on a weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees compared to other applicants who apply in that same year.
Graduates who apply for the five-year programmes and four-year GEP programme who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked against the other graduate applicants applying in that year according to 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured using a points weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees
You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UKCAT score below the third decile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered an interview if you score above the third decile.
A/AS Levels Grades Requirements
Due to A levels changing to the linear system from 2017, we now have different A level requirements dependant on the year you achieved your A levels.
For 2017 results:
Minimum entry from 2017: 3 A levels at AAA
- Chemistry or Biology
- Another Science or Maths (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Maths)
- Any A level except Critical Thinking or General Studies, or Further Maths if Maths is taken too
For 2016, or earlier, results:
Minimum Grades requirement: three A Levels and one AS level at AAAb
- Compulsory subjects. Two Science A levels from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths. Both Chemistry and Biology at AS to a minimum of grade B. In Year 13, 3 of the accepted A levels must be taken over not more than 2 years study
For all A Level applicants:
- If A level Maths and Further Maths are offered in the same sitting, Further Maths is acceptable at AS level only.
- General studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted subjects at AS and A level.
- For candidates offering four A levels, two science and two non-science subjects, our normal offer is AAAC (A grades required in two science subjects, one of which must be Biology or Chemistry) if all four subjects are pursued to A2 level and no AS levels have been cashed in.
- A levels requirements must be achieved in one sitting over no longer than a 2 year period.
- Barts and The London does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A level year thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades unless protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Applicants citing this provision must make the school aware with evidence by 1st September of the year of application to ensure their application is suitable to be considered under this framework.
GCSE Grades Requirements
All eligible applicants must have the following subjects at GCSE level, at grades AAABBB (777666 for GSCEs taken from 2015) or above (in any order) to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics). The Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.
The full International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer: three subjects, including Chemistry or Biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher Level, and three subjects at Standard Level including Chemistry or Biology if not offered at the Higher Level. If English is not offered as part of the diploma, it must be offered at GCSE, at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent. The minimum requirement is for 38 points in total with a minimum of 6 points in the Higher Level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher Level subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate
We require A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 or H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 at Higher Level including A1 or H1 in Chemistry and Biology.
Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Advanced Highers. Candidates must offer: three Scottish Highers at grades AAA, including Biology and Chemistry. Candidates must offer grades at AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including Chemistry and/or Biology.
The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. We require the full Diploma with grades of D3 or higher in three subjects including Biology and/or Chemistry. If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone, a second science subject is required. An additional Short-Course in any subject is required at grade M2. You will also be required to offer grades AAABBB, in any order, in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. The science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE. If you are taking a combination of Pre-U and A level subjects you should contact the medicine admissions team for advice on the grades you will be required to achieve.
The European Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. Candidates must offer Chemistry and Biology. Minimum grades of 8.5 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall. Good passes at GCSE at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if they are not offered as part of the Baccalaureate are also required.
Graduate students applying for the five-year MBBS programme
- You may apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.
- You must have achieved grades of at least BB in two science AS or A level, including Biology or Chemistry. Accepted science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology. You may apply with achieved or predicted grades.
- Degrees must be completed in the natural length intended for the qualification (generally, 3 years for Bachelors, and 4 years for integrated Masters).
Graduates with a non-UK degree
Graduates who offer a degree with at least an upper second class honours or equivalent who have graduated from a university outside the UK, must send the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (email@example.com) the following prior to application to ensure your eligibility to apply:
- A transcript of your degree (translated into English if necessary)
- A statement of comparability from UK NARIC confirming your degree is comparable to a British bachelor (honours) degree standard: www.naric.org.uk
- Graduates from USA/Canada must offer an honours degree with a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and a UK NARIC statement is not required.
In general, we do not accept equivalent qualifications, however, we do accepted the following international qualifications:
Advanced Placement Program
An average of 85 per cent (A) or higher in the High School Diploma, including a minimum grade B in English Language. At least 3 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with grades of 5, 5, 4 or higher; two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry.
Applicants are required to have a UAI/TER/ENTER/ATAR score of at least 98.00. In addition Chemistry and Biology must have been studied within year 12.
Entry requirements differ depending on province (please see reference table in our Admissions Policy below). In addition Year 12 must include Chemistry and one other science (Biology, Maths or Physics). The average will be calculated looking at academic subjects. Chemistry must be studied in Year 11 with a minimum score of 85 per cent.
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) at AAA including Chemistry and Biology.
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 5 in English Language and Mathematics and level 3 in Chinese and Liberal Studies. Level 5 in 3 elective subjects. Level 5 is needed in Chemistry and Biology.
Central Boards (CBSE, ISC) and West Bengal Board 90 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 90 per cent in these and Standard X 85 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths. State board qualifications other than West Bengal, 95 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 95 per cent in these and Standard X 90 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths.
Israel’s Bagrut Examinations
90 per cent or 9/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied Bagrut with 90 per cent or 9/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied.
Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels
Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels (SIPCAL) at AAA at H2 level including 2 science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths).
Qualifications we do not accept
We do not accept vocational or applied A levels, the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (120 credits), the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 credits), the Access to HE Diploma or the Advanced Diploma, or foundation, pre-medical/dental programmes or access courses from any other institution.
Alternative routes into Medicine
There are also alternative routes into medicine including: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)/Oral Medicine; and, Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) and St Andrews applicants – please see further information below.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) / Oral Medicine – 3 Years
Entry on to year 3 of the 5 year MBBS programme is designed specifically for qualified dentists who are fully registered with the General Dental Council and members of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) or the British Society for Oral Medicine (BSOM). There are 5 available places each year and is only open to UK/EU applicants. Applicants must have the MFDS, at least 12 months experience of clinical pathway and clear career aims. In addition it is desirable to have some publication history or research experience.
Applicants applying for this course are not required to take the UKCAT.
Applications should be made directly to Barts and The London from October each year with an application deadline in December.
For additional queries about entry requirements or more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Andrews Applicants – 3 Years
Students looking to join the St Andrews and Barts route should apply to St Andrews, directly. Following the 3 years at St Andrews students who are selected from this route join the Year 3 of the Barts course for a further 3 clinical years. For further information, please see our St Andrew’s webpage.
Please click here to view the full Admissions Policy for Medicine and Dentistry.
Admission to medicine at Barts and The London is highly competitive. We receive well over 2,500 applications for entry and interview about 800 candidates. Approximately 440 offers are made, and 253 students will be admitted in September to the five-year course (A100).
A range of criteria is used to assess candidates in order to be considered for an interview:-
Applications are firstly reviewed within the Admissions Office to check that they meet the minimum academic requirements. Any applications which do not meet the minimum academic requirements will be rejected at this point.
A100 applicants who achieve an overall score within the third decile range or above in the UKCAT and meet our minimum academic entry criteria will be given a score for their UCAS tariff based on achieved/predicted grades for all ‘tariffable’ criteria or a weighted score for graduates based on degree classification. Candidates will be expected to have achieved or be predicted a UCAS tariff of 144 or more. 144 points must be achieved from the main scoring academic acceptable criteria. 50% of the weighting will be on Tariff and 50% on the UKCAT score.
We aim to interview approximately 800 applicants on the basis of UKCAT score and predicted UCAS tariff. It is not possible to predict what the thresholds will be in any individual year, nor to use data from previous years to predict subsequent years’ thresholds, since it is essentially competitive and depends on who applies. Hence we do not plan to make this information public.
UCAS tariff is made up of a number of academic and non-academic qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to review the list of ‘tariffable’ qualifications and must ensure that all qualifications they have taken and/or are taking are listed on their UCAS application in order to be taken into consideration. As well as AS and A2 Levels, other examples of academic tariffable qualifications include the Cambridge Pre-U, the International Baccalaureate, the Irish Leaving Certificate, and the non-academic qualifications Extended Project, BTEC level 3, Music Examinations. We will calculate your tariff for all tariffable qualifications you list on your UCAS application including those that are not taken into consideration for meeting our minimum academic requirements e.g. An AS or A Level in General Studies or Critical Thinking.
An overview of tariff scores can be found at http://www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff/
Extenuating Circumstances for Prospective Applicants
Barts and The London does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A Level year (or any other undergraduate course accepted by Barts and The London) thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades unless protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Applicants citing this provision must make the school aware with evidence by September 1st of the year of application to ensure their application is suitable to be considered under this framework.
How we use the UCAS Tariff
For school-leavers/gap year students, you must be predicted to achieve a UCAS Tariff of at least 144 from the minimum academic subjects we allow. We expect you to take all exams for which we have been given a predicted result.
- We are not able to give you advice on the minimum score we require to be shortlisted for interview, since it varies from year to year. The tariff score makes up 50% of the weighting and the other 50% is from the UKCAT score. You are advised to check last year admissions cycle data before applying.
- UCAS Tariff is not relevant for graduates who apply for either the 5 year or 4 year programme.
In summary, the School of Medicine has a comprehensive admissions policy that ensures that all applications are dealt with in the same way. When applications are received, they are assessed to make sure that candidates fulfil the minimum requirements. Candidates must:
- have obtained or be predicted to obtain grades in GCSE and A/AS Levels, International or European Baccalaureate, or other acceptable qualifications that satisfy the School’s academic criteria (see Entry Requirements section)
- sit the UKCAT examination each year of the application
- apply by the deadline
Candidates who do not fulfil the above requirements will be rejected without interview.
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) helps universities to make more informed choices from the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental degree programmes. It is also intended that using the results of UKCAT will widen participation and increase the diversity of successful applicants. The test contains neither any curriculum nor science content, nor can it be revised for. It will focus on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates, and other attributes considered to be valuable for healthcare professionals. The UKCAT lasts two hours and consists of three assessed cognitive sub-sections:
- Verbal Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Abstract Reasoning
Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the former Decision Analysis section. Candidates will not receive a score for this section, nor will this section be used by Barts and The London. Further information about this new section can be found here: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/
All candidates will also take a Situational Judgement Test (SJT). The SJT measures perspective taking, integrity and team involvement and was introduced as part of the UKCAT test in 2013. This section score may form part of the assessment at the interview.
All candidates applying to the five-year course must take the UKCAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. You are required to register with the UKCAT assessment centres prior to the test. Bursaries are available under which the UKCAT test fee is waived. Candidates must prove eligibility and apply online for a bursary before registering for the UKCAT. Please refer to the UKCAT website for key dates and additional information.
How we use the UKCAT
- For school-leavers/gap-year students and graduates, applicants will be ranked according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff or academic ability for graduates (based on a weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees) compared to other applicants who apply in that same year.
- You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UKCAT score below the third decile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered an interview if you score above the third decile.
Changes to UKCAT Exemptions
This year, requests for UKCAT Exemptions will be considered by Barts and The London, rather than by the UKCAT Consortium.
Appropriate reasons to request a UKCAT Exemption are listed below:
- Illness or personal circumstances
- Geographical circumstances
- Requiring adjustments to the test that UKCAT are unable to offer
In order to apply for a UKCAT Exemption, please email us with the reasons for your request and appropriate evidence. In most cases our advice will be to defer your application until the next application cycle.
Requests should be made via email to email@example.com. Please include your full name, applicant ID (if already applied), and course you wish to be considered for. We strongly advise candidates to make their request as early as possible.
Selectors strongly recommend that candidates have explored what a career in medicine entails and that this is reinforced by work experience. The interview will explore your understanding of the realities of a career in medicine. We recognise the challenge of obtaining work experience and a period of volunteering in a caring role can be equally as valuable.
If selected, you will be required to attend a short interview. This will take place at the Whitechapel campus between January and March.
We will be holding interviews in Hong Kong and Singapore late February and early March.
Normally interview panels consist of two members of senior academic or clinical staff, a medical student and sometimes a lay selector. The interview is not intended to be an intimidating experience and staff will try to put candidates at ease while evaluating the following:
- Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
- Show initiative, resilience and maturity
- Work well as part of a team
- Be well organised and demonstrate problem solving abilities
- Likely contribution to university life
- Communicate effectively in a wide range of situations
The personal statement does not form part of the assessment to reach interview and is there to support the candidate during the interview process. The personal statement does not form part of the scoring at interview, however, in addition to your academic ability, your interviewers will consider your interests, talents, and the contribution you can make to our School. They will also bear in mind your suitability as a future member of the medical profession. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, and who have also contributed in some way to the outside community – so we will take into account all your achievements in both academic and other activities.
After your interview, you will have a chance to take a tour of the Whitechapel campus organised by medical students.
There will be three possible outcomes from the interview:
- An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications and/or non-academic clearance checks
- Waiting list – candidates who are unplaced elsewhere may be reconsidered after the summer examination results
Decisions are made when all the interviews have been completed. The formal notification of the decision will be communicated to UCAS at the same time.
Candidates who are unsuccessful cannot be reconsidered for entry within the same cycle but may reapply the following year (if they obtain the relevant qualifications at the first attempt) without prejudice to the new application.
Selection to our courses follows the principles of values-based recruitment and the core values of the NHS.
Non-academic Entry Requirements – MBBS (5 years)
Fitness to practise
Training to be a doctor, and practising medicine, requires more than just the acquisition of knowledge and skills. As a medical student, you will have certain responsibilities that differ from those of other students. Consequently, we expect high standards of professional behaviour from you.
Graduates are entitled to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a licence to practise, subject to demonstrating to the GMC that their fitness to practise is not impaired.
The School is responsible for ensuring that students who graduate are fit to practise, according to principles laid down by the GMC. If the conduct of a medical student calls into question their fitness to practise, they may be required to appear before the Fitness to Practise Committee and could be removed from the course.
Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the CRB)
All offers of a place on the medical courses are made subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring and health checks. The School implements strict deadlines for the submission of this information. These deadlines are conditions of the offers we make, and students who fail to meet them will be rejected, even if they have fulfilled the academic conditions of their offer.
The Disclosure and Barring check will disclose convictions, cautions and reprimands that do not meet the new filtering rules. The cost of the checks and registration process must be paid by you. Once you have been offered a place at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office will send you further information on how to obtain disclosure clearance.
Further details are available on the Disclosure and Barring service website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service
Where there is a delay in the processing of your police clearance, you will be asked to sign a full declaration of any spent or unspent criminal record you have received prior to full enrolment. If you think you might have received a conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning from the police, you must declare it.
You should check the Disclosure website as above and tick ‘Yes’ if appropriate on your UCAS application so that we can discuss with you whether it may affect your ability to practise. Failure to inform the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office of matters that subsequently appear on a Disclosure and Barring check may well result in your application being withdrawn. If you know in advance of your application that you will have a positive Disclosure and Barring check, you should tick the relevant box on the UCAS form. In addition, you must contact the admissions department to be sent our current policy with respect to this.
The School welcomes and accommodates people with health conditions and disabilities. However, medical students must be fit to practise and the safety of patients will always be the primary consideration. We have a strong system of student support and anyone with a health condition or disability will be offered the appropriate adjustments and support to help them succeed. However, in some cases, an impairment or health condition may make it impossible for a student to meet the outcomes required by the GMC at the point of graduation. Where all possible options to help the student have been explored and are still unsuccessful, the student may have to leave the course or be reviewed by the Professional Capability Committee.
All students that have declared a disability will receive a letter from the Head of Admissions prior to interview to ensure we can accommodate any specific needs. If you are offered a place on the course, we will send information regarding the requirement for prior assessment. This will be in the form of a confidential health questionnaire which follows the HEOPS guidance, but also we will ask you to make contact with our Disability and Dyslexia Service. This is so that a discussion of reasonable adjustment or discussion of your assessment of needs report can be made prior to the 31 July. We also have to be assured that we can help you practise safely in training and employment. Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has implemented the guidance from the Department of Health on health clearance for new healthcare workers (Health clearance for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV: new healthcare workers) www.gov.uk/government/publications
Hepatitis B status and vaccination
Immunising medical students against hepatitis B and testing their response protects both them and their patients against the risk of contracting hepatitis B in the healthcare setting. We strongly recommend that all medical students are vaccinated against hepatitis B before entry.
Carriers of blood-borne virus
If you are a known carrier of a blood-borne virus (BBV), you should contact the Occupational Health Service (OHS) for further advice. All medical students are offered BBV testing, and, if appropriate, hepatitis B vaccination, on entry to medical school. Students declining testing or found to test positive for a BBV are not cleared to undertake Exposure-Prone Procedures (EPPs) and will be required to follow an EPP-free curriculum. There may be additional requirements relating to other blood-borne viruses as advice is continuously updated and published by advisory bodies.
Should you have any queries about the health requirements for either the medical or dental programmes, please contact the university Occupational Health Service for advice on:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8700
Students with disabilities and health problems
You should read the following paragraphs carefully with regard to personal circumstances that might make it difficult or impossible for you to practise.
Students with disabilities
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes applications from disabled students. We do, however, have a duty to ensure that candidates admitted to our programmes will be eligible for registration by the GMC on graduation. For this reason, students with disabilities should seek advice from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office before the deadline for UCAS applications so that each case can be given individual attention and consideration.
This advice should be sought well in advance of the 15 October deadline and no less than four weeks before this date to ensure time for a response.
Disability and Dyslexia Service
The Disability and Dyslexia Service can offer advice, guidance and practical support to students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. This support may include screening students for dyslexia and organising formal educational psychologists’ assessments, arranging individual tutorials from specialist dyslexia tutors, additional time in exams and assisting disabled and dyslexic students to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. More details are available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. Students are encouraged to contact the Service before starting their programmes to discuss any specific needs.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2756
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5223
The school of Medicine and Dentistry firmly and actively supports an equal opportunities policy. In the case of a specific learning disorder or disability, we would assess any student meeting the required academic standard in accordance with the prescribed professional standards and the Equality Act (2010).
Applicants for Medicine can make up to four choices for medical courses on the UCAS form. Your remaining choices can be used for alternative subjects without prejudice to the commitment to medicine. All applications which include choices for medicine must be submitted to UCAS by 15 October for entry in September the following year. No offers are given without an interview.